Unusual rural retreats – quirky countryside homes

Unusual rural retreats (935)

After something a bit different for your next rural retreat?Take a break from the norm with our range of quirky holiday accommodation. We’ve got the lot: rustic shepherd huts, cute caravans, glorious converted chapels, unique cottages and more.



Whether you want to lose yourself deep in the countryside in a cosy log cabin, bed down in a peaceful poolside windmill or take in the sea views from one of our off-beat coastal lets, we can help make your escape to the country truly extraordinary.



For UK stays, try the grandeur of a castle in the Scottish Highlands or vertical living in a West Country treehouse. Or, to keep your feet firmly on the ground, consider a luxury yurt in the Peak District. Your search for unusual holidays in the countryside could also take you further afield: try troglodyte life in a warren-like Spanish cave house or check in to a charming stone trullo in Italy.

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935 Holiday homes

33

Savoie / Peisey-Vallandry

3 9 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary

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from £111 / night

£772 - £1992 / week

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from £111 / night

(16) Excellent 

22

Manor house rental in Argoules

Somme / Argoules

4 10 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
“Spacious, history-steeped tranquility” This is a very special property indeed. A converted stables set around an enclosed, beautifully planted garden, the owners are on site in another converted historic building, and are beyond welcoming and helpful  …see more

from £72 / night

£500 - £850 / week

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from £72 / night

(1) Excellent 

35

Zakopane ski chalet rental

Lesser Poland Province / Zakopane

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
A cozy wooden cottage situated in direct vicinity (1km) of Polish Tatras, offering breathtaking vista of nearby mountain ranges. The cottage combines the best in local wooden architecture with modern convenience and practicality. Up to 6 persons can be accommodated in 2  …see more

from £70 / night

£490 / week

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from £70 / night

11

Holiday log cabin rental

Sandyhills / Southwick

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
SECLUDED LUXURY SELF CATERING LOG CABIN ON WORKING FARM• Beautiful American log home built from solid pine logs to a high quality finish and unusual hexagonal design.• Single cabin in a unique, secluded woodland setting, enjoying uninterrupted views ac  …see more

from £90 / night

£390 - £688 / week

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from £90 / night

27

Landes / Gastes

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool

 …see more

from £61 / night

£307 - £1308 / week

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from £61 / night

9

Le Beausset holiday tower rental

Var / Le Beausset

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
La Daby is a magical, tranquil, and fun place to have a holiday. The houses can be rented separately, as they have their own terraces and privacy surrounded by pine trees; or rented together. This works well if you are a group of families or friends.<br />Four Pea  …see more

from £75 / night

£350 - £950 / week

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from £75 / night

(1) Average 

25

Lot / Cajarc

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

 …see more

from £62 / night

£430 - £1316 / week

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from £62 / night

19

Montalbert ski chalet rental

Savoie / Montalbert

4 10 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
A great 4 bedroomed chalet apartment in the resort of Plagne Montalbert, a great French village in one of the world biggest ski areas  …see more

from £143 / night

£999 - £3299 / week

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from £143 / night

(4) Excellent 

6

Tiddington holiday yurt rental

Stratford-upon-Avon / Tiddington

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
In a meadow looking out towards the River Avon is the quirky little Hobbit hut. This wooden equivalent to a tent has a lockable door which means you can go out and explore, feeling more secure. The Hobbit Hut has exclusive access to a private toilet and shower block  …see more

from £26 / night

£175 - £250 / week

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from £26 / night

20

Riberac holiday chateau rental

Dordogne / Riberac

11 28 2 nights min

  • 11 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 28
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Set in 130 acres of parkland and ancient woodland, bordered by the River Dronne, Chateau Marquise Beranger is a beautifully restored Renaissance-style château which offers elegant charm, supreme comfort and complete relaxation.  …see more

from £3219 / night

£9089 - £17231 / week

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from £3219 / night

(1) Excellent 

19

French Riviera - Cote d'Azur / La Bastide

3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

 …see more

from £79 / night

£308 / week

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from £79 / night

24

Province of Taranto / Martina Franca

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
  • Private garden

 …see more

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24

Seyches holiday chateau rental

Lot-et-Garonne / Seyches

5 12 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 151 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Le Bouge is in a relaxing location yet large retail stores & weekly markets are all within a 15 minute drive. There are plenty of dining options as you are at the doorstep of fine wine and foie gras country. Horse riding, tennis, fishing, golf, flying all nearby. C  …see more

from £272 / night

£1900 - £3350 / week

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from £272 / night

(2) Very Good 

20

Canton of Ticino / Ludiano

1 4 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £57 / night

£395 / week

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from £57 / night

(10) Excellent 

23

Holiday chateau with tennis court in Malicorne-sur-Sarthe

Sarthe / Malicorne-sur-Sarthe

9 15 6 nights min

  • 9 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • 6 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Les Noes Blanches is a stunning white classic country chateau in the Loire Valley region of France. Only 20 minutes from the centre of le Mans, and under 5 hours from London by Eurostar, the house sleeps 14 people comfortably inside an estate of 450 acres of woodland.  …see more

from £345 / night

£2500 - £3895 / week

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from £345 / night

(15) Excellent 

32

Holiday shepherds hut in Netherbury

Bridport / Netherbury

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
A superb restored railway carriage & roadman's van, set in its own small enclosed garden overlooking meadow and hills. Fully self catering with kitchen bathroom double bed in the carriage and 2 single beds in the van surrounded by countryside and 5 miles from t  …see more

from £90 / night

£600 / week

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from £90 / night

(5) Excellent 

24

Holiday caravan/mobile home with shared pool in Saint-Jean-de-Monts

Vendee / Saint-Jean-de-Monts

3 8 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Highly recommended” My family and friend booked this mobile home for a week in the sunny Vendee and we were delighted with the facility and the park where it is situated. We had 4 children with us who were easily occupied with the swimming pools and w  …see more

from £44 / night

£308 - £724 / week

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from £44 / night

9

Log cabin rental in Stamford

Lincolnshire / Stamford

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
Mid Week Monday - Friday and Weekend Friday - Monday Mini Breaks Available  …see more

from £141 / night

£460 - £890 / week

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from £141 / night

(1) Very Good 

58

Holiday caravan/mobile home with shared pool, golf nearby in Allerdean

Berwick-upon-Tweed / Allerdean

6 8 3 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
We are offering you our 3 bedroom platinum caravan to hire at Haggerston Castle on LakeSide North this is family ran park where we don't accept, stag/hen parties or pets in our caravans. Our beachcomber caravan is 1 min to the main complex where you can either sit  …see more

from £80 / night

£750 / week

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from £80 / night

(13) Excellent 

16

Holiday log cabin letting

Plitvice Lakes National Park / Rakovica

3 8 1 night min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
“Mrs” Fabulous accommodation in a lovely quiet area, within walking distance of 2 restaurants and a supermarket.  …see more

from £141 / night

£983 - £2457 / week

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from £141 / night

(2) Very Good 

37

Holiday manor house in Meneac

Morbihan / Meneac

4 8 2 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Property Type - Second French Empire - Napoléon III - Manoir House Interior Style - Pre-Raphaelite, William Morris inspired, Farrow and Ball - Working Village location - Great amenities - Large Gardens - with Apple, Pear, Bay, Hazel, Walnut and other mature speci  …see more

from £100 / night

£700 / week

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from £100 / night

(26) Excellent 

39

Holiday log cabin rental

Oxfordshire / Kingston Blount

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Private garden
A PARADISE FOR WiILDLIFE AND BIRDWATCHING Enjoy the peaceful, secluded location in a lakeside wooden cabin, on our 300-acre working farm. Reopened 1 feb 2016 after a new look facelift in "Shades of Grey " theme, and a little shabby chic. Really cosy and war  …see more

from £110 / night

£700 / week

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from £110 / night

(5) Very Good 

13

Holiday beach hut rental

Province of Trapani / San Vito lo Capo

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“Nice house, perfect location” The house is nice - big and clean. Not perfect for small children with a lot of stairs but we managed to keep 3 kids alive so it's not that big of an issue. Definitely the best part is location - one entrance is from the  …see more

from £113 / night

£790 - £2632 / week

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from £113 / night

(3) Excellent 

34

Grand Massif / Samoens

2 8 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets

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from £62 / night

£13 - £1241 / week

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from £62 / night

(1) Excellent 

23

Holiday log cabin rental

Mugla Province / Fethiye

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Private garden
Perfect choice for romantic getaway or quiet relaxing time away from mass tourism. ;secluded yet still close enough to all local attractions. Reconnect to the rhythms and sounds of nature.<br />Aromatherapy Massage available on request. ? am Available for private  …see more

from £50 / night

£350 / week

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from £50 / night

(20) Excellent 

14

Aviemore ski log cabin to rent.

Badenoch and Strathspey / Aviemore

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car not necessary
The Ardlogie Bothy is a traditional luxury timber built cabin, with great self catering facilities providing all year round accommodation for 2 people. Positioned alongside the Ardlogie Guest House & centrally located within Aviemore. In a quiet location yet close t  …see more

from £80 / night

£490 - £560 / week

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from £80 / night

(12) Excellent 

17

Holiday shepherds hut in Watchfield

Burnham-On-Sea / Watchfield

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic Relaxing Break” Fantastic ... no TV, time to relax, great base to explore from! Sally and her husband have made a little slice of heaven, lovely furnished hut, friendly chickens and peace! People thought that the pictures we took of our sup  …see more

from £50 / night

£250 / week

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from £50 / night

(1) Excellent 

24

Province of Huesca / Alquezar

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 190 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

 …see more

from £119 / night

£829 / week

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from £119 / night

(4) Excellent 

20

Ski chalet in Morzine

Haute-Savoie / Morzine

4 10 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Chalet Sabot is a renovated, privately-owned traditional chalet beautifully situated in the Vallee de La Manche, only 600 metres from the Nyon cable car which quickly links you up with Morzine and Les Gets ski areas, The ski bus serving Avoriaz and Morzine also stops ri  …see more

from £257 / night

£1795 - £3300 / week

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from £257 / night

(1) Excellent 

31

Holiday chateau rental

Charente-Maritime / Saint-Jean-d'Angely

6 17 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 17
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
This fabulous Maison de Maitre (Master's House) dates back to 1825. The house has over 600 square metres of living space with high ceilings, shutters and all that you would expect from a property of the calibre but with mod cons such as internet, SONOS sound sy  …see more

from £272 / night

£1900 - £3900 / week

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from £272 / night

(3) Excellent 

9

Holiday log cabin in Ambleside

Lake District / Ambleside

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Welcome to Mockerkin Tarn, our Lake District Luxury Log Cabin ideally located within a 5 star British Tourist Council rated private woodland estate. The estate comprises 18 acres with cosy log cabins set in an area of complete seclusion. It is centrally located approxim  …see more

from £51 / night

£332 - £618 / week

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from £51 / night

(13) Excellent 

24

Holiday log cabin in Troutbeck

Lake District / Troutbeck

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
“Heaven” Enjoyed a 3 night stay with my husband to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. Could not have asked for a better place, the lodge is cosy, warm and has all the facilities you need to provide a comfortable stay. The location is so peacefu  …see more

from £58 / night

£400 - £775 / week

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from £58 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday trullo in Putignano

Province of Bari / Putignano

2 5 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 18 km
  • Child friendly
Availability of 5 beds Trulli completely renovated, located in a hilly fresh; surrounded by green olive trees and fruit, with a large green area of 10,000 sq. extending from the driveway up to surround the building, the area in front of the trulli equipped with two terr  …see more

from £58 / night

£281 / week

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from £58 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Holiday manor house rental

Cephalonia / Fiscardo

5 9 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“A wonderful & peaceful get-away place, gorgeous house in small village” We've been every year for the last 9 or 10 years and we LOVE it. A beautiful house with pool and shade. Eating outside on the terrace. Fantastic locally-grown food in the friendly  …see more

from £250 / night

£1750 / week

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from £250 / night

(5) Excellent 

10

Holiday tower rental

Charente / Brossac

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
“Relaxing and peaceful - a hidden gem!” My husband and I were looking for a quiet and relaxing place to holiday somewhere in Southern France where we could chill out and unwind. We found The Tower House and it was perfect. The accommodation was just r  …see more

from £62 / night

£299 - £439 / week

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from £62 / night

19

Manor house rental in Orleans with swimming pool, tennis court

Loire Valley / Orleans

4 8 2 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
The Chateau du Clos was built over 100 years ago and as such is a rare example of history with all its idiosyncrasies. While also offering comfortable and modern furnishings. The Chateau is both tastefully and authentically decorated and is the perfect French Chateaux.  …see more

from £395 / night

£2759 - £3153 / week

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from £395 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Caravan/mobile home rental in Fréjus with shared pool

French Riviera - Cote d'Azur / Fréjus

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Our luxury 2 bedroom mobile home has 35m² of interior living space which will sleep up to 6 people, a very large, brand new decking area, being ideal for outdoor cooking, relaxed seating and as an extended dining area. We are situated on the 5* Holiday Green site,  …see more

from £50 / night

£350 - £750 / week

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from £50 / night

(2) Very Good 

21

Maine et Loire / Le Puy-Notre-Dame

4 8 1 night min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 190 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

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from £132 / night

£922 / week

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from £132 / night

(10) Excellent 

21

Caherdaniel holiday manor house rental

County Kerry / Caherdaniel

6 10 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
“A Jewel on the Ring of Kerry” We rented the entire property - the House, Cottage, Stables and Pier Cottage - for an Irish heritage (American) family reunion of more than 40 family members. The high quality of the accommodations, the incomparable beau  …see more

from £205 / night

£2106 - £3246 / week

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from £205 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Caravan/mobile home rental in Pontardawe

Vale of Glamorgan / Pontardawe

2 6 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 18 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“Absolutely perfect ! Will be back...” Having spent a few nights at different places in Pontardawe, I decided to browse for somewhere a bit quieter and more comfortable as I still had a few weeks before coming home. Then I came across this little treas  …see more

from £50 / night

£300 - £580 / week

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from £50 / night